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  1. Did Apple Buy The Domain iCloud.com?

    April 28, 2011 11:20 AM EDT More signs point to a pending cloud-music service coming from Apple. This time, two news outlets independently reported tips that Apple has bought the domain name iCloud.com from a Swedish firm for $4.5 million. At press time, Apple had not respon ...

  2. Apple Denies Tracking iPhone Customers -- Will This End the Outcry? Probably Not ...

    April 27, 2011 12:30 PM EDT Apple today directly addressed the controversy over its iPhone tracking practices for the first time, forcefully stating that it does not track its users as has been claimed. On its website, Apple explains that: "Apple is not tracking the loc ...

  3. Listen to the Audience, Make a Better Experience, Panelists at Rethink Music Say

    April 26, 2011 6:28 PM EDT BOSTON - How can the music business grow instead of fighting over slices of a shrinking pie? Make a better mass market experience, said Thomas Hesse, president of global digital business for Sony Music. That means following consumers to smart phon ...

  4. Carey Kolaja of PayPal on the Looming Battle Beyond Digital Music Distribution

    April 25, 2011 4:18 PM EDT Carey Kolaja is the Senior Director of Digital Goods Operations at PayPal. The Looming Battle Beyond Digital Music Distribution By Carey Kolaja With the music festival season now in full swing I wanted to share a few thoughts on what is turning ou ...

  5. iPhone Tracking Is Actually Good For Music Apps

    April 25, 2011 3:26 PM EDT Depending on what you've read, Apple's location-tracking feature for the iPhone is either a complete outrage or a manufactured controversy not worthy of the hubbub it's caused. The news broke last week in the tech press and quickly ...

  6. Has Warner Music Group Finalized A Deal With Apple?

    April 22, 2011 3:35 PM EDT Yesterday, Billboard.biz reported rumors that Apple had inked deals with two of the major labels for its pending cloud music service. And today, CNET is reporting that Warner Music Group has finalized a deal with Apple. A WMG spokeswoman declined ...

  7. This Week in Apps: iheartradio for iPad, Gorillaz Remixing, Augmented Reality, and Songasaurus

    April 22, 2011 11:23 AM EDT iheartradio Clear Channel extended its iheartradio Internet radio app to the iPad, where it is one of the few streaming music services available. Like the iPhone versions, the iPad app simply lets users stream music from any of the company's ...

  8. Apple Slammed Over iPhone, iPad Location Tracking

    April 22, 2011 7:47 AM EDT Privacy watchdogs are demanding answers from Apple Inc. about why iPhones and iPads are secretly collecting location data on users - records that cellular service providers routinely keep but require a court order to disgorge. It's not clear ...

  9. Report: Apple to Beat Google to the Cloud

    April 22, 2011 6:00 AM EDT Watching the race between Apple and Google to see who launches a cloud-based music service first is kind of like the children's fable of the Tortoise and the Hare. Except they're both Tortoises. But there are signs that the finish line i ...

  10. Jim Dalrymple, Guest Columnist, Test Drives Apogee's Jam for iPad, iPhone

    April 21, 2011 12:15 PM EDT .Biz guest guest columnist Jim Dalrymple blogs about Apple products for The Loop . You can follow him on Twitter @jdalrymple. Also, as the video and audio below demonstrates, he clearly knows how to shred on guitar. Click arrow below to hear the t ...

  11. iTunes Generates $1.4 Billion Last Quarter; Three Reasons Why Its Value Is Far Greater

    April 21, 2011 11:44 AM EDT In Apple's impressive fiscal second quarter numbers , iTunes may not have created much revenue but its value to the company is certainly more than the financial statements indicate. Apple's second quarter revenue was $24.67 billion, its ...

  12. Apple Earnings Nearly Double, Helped By iPhone

    April 20, 2011 8:37 PM EDT Apple Inc. is already the envy of the technology world. On Wednesday, it rubbed it in with quarterly results that had only one blemish: It couldn't make the new iPads fast enough. "We sold every iPad 2 we could make," Chief Financia ...

  13. Apple to Ship New iPhone in September: Sources

    April 20, 2011 7:39 AM EDT Apple's next-generation iPhone will have a faster processor and will begin shipping in September, three people with direct knowledge of the company's supply chain said. The production of the new iPhone will start in July/August and the s ...

  14. Apple Seeks FairPlay Antitrust Lawsuit Dismissal

    April 19, 2011 1:32 PM EDT Apple is seeking to have the antitrust lawsuit filed against it over its FairPlay DRM technology dismissed. According to Bloomberg , which is following the court case, the presiding judge expects to make a decision on the request by May. Earlier i ...

  15. Sonos Offers New Services For Music Streaming

    April 19, 2011 12:58 PM EDT Cloud music services are all the talk these days. But let's not forget the devices used to access the cloud. Sonos, one of the earliest pioneers of cloud music home entertainment systems, today unveiled a number of new improvements to keep it ...

  16. Fidel Allows Russian Apple Device Owners to Stream Music Legitimately

    April 18, 2011 4:16 PM EDT Russian online music service Fidel has launched an application that will finally allow domestic iPad and iPhone users to legitimately stream music. iTunes does not currently operate in Russia and it is not clear when or if it ever will. "The ...

  17. This Week In Apps: 8tracks, Wah Wah Pedal, and the Next Lawsuit Waiting to Happen

    April 15, 2011 7:05 AM EDT tracks 8tracks is another playlist sharing app that allows users to upload MP3s to create customized playlists. The hook -- only eight tracks per playlist, hence the name. The Web-based service has received largely high marks for usability and fu ...

  18. Google Survey: Tablets Used Primarily At Home for Games, Search, Email

    April 12, 2011 11:28 AM EDT People use tablets predominantly for games, search and email, according to a new survey by Google's AdMob . Unlike mobile phones, which owners take everywhere, tablets are being used primarily at home on weekdays. Eight-four percent of respon ...

  19. 'iSteve: The Book of Jobs' Expected Out Next Year From Simon & Schuster

    April 11, 2011 2:01 PM EDT In case you didn't know more than you wanted to about Apple founder and CEO Steve Jobs, his authorized biography is scheduled to come out next year from publisher Simon & Schuster. Titled "iSteve: The Book of Jobs" is being writ ...

  20. This Week in Apps: Tapulous' New ClubWorld, Invisible Instrument, David Bowie and Grooveshark

    April 08, 2011 7:00 AM EDT ClubWorld Tapulous, the developers of the Tap Tap Revenge series, has unveiled its first new app since being acquired by Disney last year. ClubWorld is a real-time social game in which players act as nightclub owners. Users hire bouncers, bartende ...

  21. Billboard.Biz's App Of The Month: SoundTracking

    April 01, 2011 6:08 PM EDT Once a week for the last four weeks, we've been highlighting the new music apps for we've seen for smartphones, online and the iPad. To be honest I wasn't sure if there would be enough activity to justify a weekly roundup of music r ...

  22. Rhapsody's Jon Irwin Talks Progress a Year After Spinning Off From Real Networks

    April 01, 2011 3:02 PM EDT Rhapsody's Jon Irwin A year ago today, Real Networks officially split off its Rhapsody music subscription service into a standalone company. Since then, the smaller, nimbler organization has added 100,000 net subscribers for a total of 750,00 ...

  23. This Week In Apps: Bluebrain's Location App/Album, Shapemix Remixing; MyStream's Music-Sharing Challenge

    April 01, 2011 1:50 PM EDT Bluebrain Washington D.C-based band Bluebrain are creating their most recent album as a location-aware iPhone app. Called "The National Mall," the album/app will play music from the album-really more what the band calls "melodic phr ...

  24. Google's Music Search Results Undergoing Rehabilitation

    March 31, 2011 4:41 PM EDT Google's links to streaming music in search results for artists and songs vanished earlier this week. A rep for the company told Billboard.biz, "The music search feature introduced in 2009 is currently unavailable while we make some upda ...

  25. Amazon Seeks Approval For Cloud Drive Service -- Will The Labels Play Ball?

    March 31, 2011 11:54 AM EDT Amazon's decision to unveil its new Cloud Drive music locker service without establishing licensing deals with record labels continues to reverberate. The move has elicited an overwhelmingly negative reaction major record labels and publisher ...

  26. Amazon's 'Third-Rate,' Unlicensed Cloud Service 'Disappoints' Labels

    March 29, 2011 12:32 PM EDT The biggest question being asked about Amazon's new cloud music service is: "How did it beat Apple and Google to the punch? " The answer to some is: It didn't. To say that Amazon beat Apple and Google is simply unfair, because ...

  27. Apple's Developers Conference Scheduled for June -- Here's Why They Probably Won't Unveil Their Cloud Music Service There ...

    March 28, 2011 2:45 PM EDT Apple's Worldwide Developers Conference is scheduled for June 6-10, the company announced today, which is sure to start a new round of speculation over whether CEO Steve Jobs will use his keynote address to unveil the company's much-anti ...

  28. ROBA Launches Interactive Albums for Tablets

    March 28, 2011 2:11 PM EDT Jon Bon Jovi earlier this month made headlines by saying digital music is ruining fans ability to interact with their music like they could with vinyl records of yore. Emerging to bring that same experience to the digital realm is ROBA Interactive ...

  29. Business Matters: Is Groupon Sliding? What That Would Mean For The Music Biz

    March 25, 2011 4:22 PM EDT Is Groupon Sliding? What That Would Mean to the Music Biz -- Is Groupon having a difficult first quarter? If so, that would impact the venues, promoters and labels that use the service to move unsold inventory and new albums. But it may just be th ...

  30. EMI Launches Multimedia iPad App With Swedish House Mafia's 'Until One'

    March 24, 2011 1:50 PM EDT EMI Music has launched a multi-media iPad App that it's premiering with Swedish House Mafia's 'Until One - iPad edition', designed and built in-house by EMI Music's creative team and now available on Apple's iPad App ...

  31. This Week In Apps: Color, Nirvana and Stones, XXL, Owl City

    March 24, 2011 12:14 PM EDT Color The app-watching world spun into a tailspin late this week after former Lala founder and startup wunderkind Bill Nguyen re-emerged with a new app called Color. The chatter has less to do with the app itself and more due to the company's ...

  32. App Content Rating System Called For By Wireless Association

    March 23, 2011 10:30 AM EDT CTIA-The Wireless Association today introduced an initiative designed to apply a content rating system to mobile apps. The program calls for a voluntary self-certification of apps by app developers, but little else is defined at this time. The pla ...

  33. iTunes Monopoly? Apple's Jobs Ordered by Judge to Answer Anti-Competition Charges

    March 23, 2011 7:31 AM EDT Apple Inc. Chief Executive Steve Jobs, who is out on medical leave, has been ordered by a federal magistrate to answer questions from plaintiffs' lawyers in an antitrust lawsuit related to his company's iTunes business. U.S. Magistrate J ...

  34. Apple Sues Amazon Over App Store Trademark

    March 22, 2011 7:45 AM EDT Apple Inc has sued Amazon.com Inc in a bid to stop the online retailer from improperly using Apple's APP STORE trademark, according to a court filing. The lawsuit, filed in a California federal court late last week, said Amazon has improperly ...

  35. Will Apple Unveil Its New Music Service In April?

    March 21, 2011 3:31 PM EDT Will April see the unveiling of Apple's new mobile music plans? According to a number of sources within the music industry, it's possible -- but don't bet on it. "It's possible, but not probable," says one. Digital mu ...

  36. Spin's iPad App Kicks Out the Jams

    March 18, 2011 10:13 AM EDT Music blogs have taken quite a bit of wind out of music magazines' sails. But tablets like the iPad offer all print outlets the potential for renewed life in the digital age if used correctly. Spin Magazine's iPad app -- called Spin Play ...

  37. Business Matters: What Music Companies Can Learn from the New York Times' Pay Wall

    March 17, 2011 5:05 PM EDT What Music Companies Can Learn from the New York Times' Pay Wall -- There should be a few learning lessons after the New York Times puts up a pay wall to its content at its website and mobile apps. Any entertainment business that sells digita ...

  38. Eat at SXSW 2011's CNN Grill for the Future of News, Music

    March 15, 2011 3:00 PM EDT Welcome to the CNN Grill - the SXSW headquarters for the cable news network, and a place for hungry reporters and guests to grab a bite, schmooze and today a presentation on the Future of News, led by KC Estenson, senior vice president and general ...

  39. 'Steve Jobs Is Killing the Music Business,' Says Jon Bon Jovi

    March 14, 2011 6:23 PM EDT Jon Bon Jovi is accusing Apple co-founder Steve Jobs of "killing" the music industry with iTunes. "Kids today have missed the whole experience of putting the headphones on, turning it up to 10, holding the jacket, closing their eyes ...

  40. Circus Mashimus Tent @SXSW 2011: A Playground For Music Apps

    March 14, 2011 5:03 PM EDT Two of the biggest obsessions for many people at South by Southwest are a) finding cool spots to network and b) a nice wireless connection, and the Circus Mashimus tent, presented by Mashery in partnership with AppCircus, provided a beautiful plac ...

  41. GarageBand for iPad 2 Review: From Garth Brooks to AC/DC and Beyond

    March 14, 2011 3:12 PM EDT Pre-GarageBand Warm Up: The author honing his shredding. As an avid guitar player for the last 20 years and a blogger about Apple products for the last 16, I was predictably excited when Apple announced GarageBand for iPad 2. The possibilities of ...

  42. Apple iPad 2 Sales Estimated at a Million

    March 14, 2011 7:35 AM EDT Analysts expect Apple Inc to have sold close to a million iPad 2 tablet computers on its debut weekend -- significantly more than the first iPad, which went on sale last April. "We would not be surprised to see Apple sell closer to 1 million ...

  43. SXSWi 2011: Beyond the 'I am T-Pain' App: Creating Music on Your Mobile

    March 12, 2011 1:53 PM EST Rocking the App: Smule founder Ge Wang Makes Like Pan at SXSWi With handheld devices crammed with the latest gaming, social media and productivity applications, is there any time or space left for anything else? Probably. On Friday, the opening da ...

  44. This Week in Apps - SXSW Edition: Music Apps Get Very Social

    March 11, 2011 11:21 AM EST Right on time for SXSW, music app developers were quick to unveil their latest and greatest creations in hopes of making a splash at the annual event. A common theme among many is the addition of social features -- focusing on giving users the abi ...

  45. Apple iPad 2 Launches Today

    March 11, 2011 8:44 AM EST Apple Inc.'s updated version of its iPad tablet computer will be available in stores Friday afternoon but those who can't wait to say they own the gadget can beat the crowds by ordering one online before the sun rises. The Cupertino comp ...

  46. Will Global Digital Music Revenue Total $20 Billion In 2015?

    March 07, 2011 8:15 PM EST Market research firm Ovum expects global digital music revenue to grow 20% per year and total $20 billion in 2015, according to a post at The Telegraph. This is just the latest estimate based on incredible optimism about subscription service growt ...

  47. Kazaa Announces App-less Mobile Music Streaming, Avoids Apple Subscription Fees

    March 07, 2011 3:45 PM EST Shares of Atrinsic more than doubled after the company announced its popular Kazaa digital music service could be accessed without an application, in a move that could help it skirt Apple Inc's plans to take a cut of revenue generated from sa ...

  48. Apple Music Locker Service Taking Shape

    March 04, 2011 11:55 AM EST That Apple is negotiating with the major record labels for a digital music locker service isn't exactly news , as virtually every story written speculating about Apple's cloud music plans have centered in on that scenario. Bloomberg toda ...

  49. Analysis: What Apple's iPad 2 Means For The Music Industry

    March 03, 2011 6:20 PM EST Wednesday's unveiling of the iPad 2 wasn't much of a surprise, as most everyone following Apple knew it planned to announce an update to the tablet device. What follows now is an analysis of what the new device means. Apple has an uncann ...

  50. Steven Tyler's AppSoLewdly: the Week in Apps

    March 03, 2011 1:56 PM EST -- Steven Tyler's AppSoLewdly Aerosmith front man and American Idol judge Steven Tyler has added app entrepreneur to his resume with the release of the iPhone app "Steven Tyler's AppSoLewdly," available now on iTunes. The $3 ap ...

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